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Georgian College students to stage 24-hour Webfest

Georgian College is looking for students who like computers so much that they'll stay up all night with them.

On March 15 (the first day of the March break), 10 finalist student teams will be spending 24 hours straight designing a website. It's part of the WebFest Design Competition component of the conference and trade show. Teams must be ready to write, design, script and photograph. Individuals looking for a team to join may also apply.
These Georgian College students have organized the first-ever Webfest at the school, wherein 10 student teams will spend 24 hours straight designing a web site. (Photo, Mark Hall)

"The web design and development students have been doing a wonderful job bringing in some excellent speakers and spreading the news to potential competitors and businesses alike," said Anita Arvast, co-ordinator of the Georgian College post-graduate program. "We are looking for students who understand how to communicate."

Ten student teams will be chosen to compete in the 24-hour competition, which is promising to be both heated and fun. Cash prizes are being offered, and entrants must be secondary or post-secondary students. No students from post-graduate programs are permitted to compete.

Once the competition has simmered down, the speakers start. Featured speakers this year include a number of web gurus: Kelly Goto from San Francisco, Flash expert Craig Swan and communications specialists Peter Mosley and Christian Gerrard.

Several of the area's best web designers and developers are also sharing their wisdom on business solutions, and web technology demonstrations are taking place through the afternoon and evening.

Georgian College student organizers and judges hail from the post-graduate web design and development program.

"We're seeing our first contestants applying now and we know that this contest is going to be hot," said student Dave Murray.

At the end of the show, the student prizewinners will be announced.

In addition to the excitement of competition, the event will prove to be very informative for businesses with websites or looking to get web- sites developed.

WebFest is the annual highlight of Georgian College's speaker series on the web (the speaker series is called WebEvolve).

For more information about speakers, participants and the student competition, see the WebEvolve website at, or call the conference hotline at 705-728-1968, ext. 6251.

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